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U.S. Passport Applications on Ancestry Library Edition

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Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most heavily used subscription databases in the NYPL system. Some of you may already be familiar with this database as it is one of the best for genealogy research. Recently it has added a new collection to their content, U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925. Prior to the digitization of these records, genealogists and other researchers could only access these applications at the National Archives and Records Administration. The information found on these applications includes birth and marriage dates, names of parents and spouses, occupations, and purpose of travel. Oftentimes, particularly in the 20th century, a photograph of the applicant is included. Though it may be difficult to read, the above image is a passport application for Theodore Roosevelt on May 9, 1881.

The addition of this collection to Ancestry Library Edition is a boon to genealogists and historians alike.

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